Monthly Archives: May 2016

St Thomas Aquinas, Divine Simplicity, and Knowing the Unknowable God

What is God? What is his nature? The answer given by St Thomas Aquinas may surprise us: we do not know. By contemplation of the structures of the world, we may know that God exists as the ultimate cause and doer … Continue reading

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“What shall live then shall no more die; what shall be healed shall no more be sick”

It ought not to be a matter of wonder that a miracle was wrought by God; the wonder would be if man had wrought it. Rather ought we to rejoice than wonder that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was … Continue reading

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Orthodox Eschatology and St Gregory of Nyssa

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Cheap Grace, Costly Grace, and the Justification of the Ungodly

When preachers become troubled by the presence of so many nominal believers in their congregations, they typically begin to stridently declare Bonhoeffer’s distinction between cheap and costly grace: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without … Continue reading

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“Grace opened her eyes to see that she was a leaf of a tree which is the whole cosmos”

The Holy Virgin had the gift of this hypostatic prayer for the world already in the temple because when she was in the temple praying she made two discoveries: she discovered in her deep heart her consubstantiality with the whole … Continue reading

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Complete Victory

After many aeons evil will be exterminated And Divine goodness will fill all creation unabated All mankind will be united in one brotherhood Furthermore, no creature shall be left outside the good Every created being will be restored Every tongue … Continue reading

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Divine Simplicity as Negative Theology

“From first to last,” writes philosopher Brian Davies, “the doctrine of divine simplicity is a piece of negative or apophatic theology and not a purported description of God” (“Classical Theism and the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity,” in Language, Meaning and … Continue reading

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